Latest McDowell Group Seafood Report Shows Job Growth

Harvesting Alaska seafood ranks between oil and tourism in economic impact, according to a new report detailing on the commercial fishing industry.

The Juneau-based economics firm McDowell Group released an updated study on the economic impacts of the commercial fishing industry on Jan. 19. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, a private-state collaboration designed to increase Alaska seafood’s worldwide value, contracted the report.

According to the report, seafood created 41,100 full time equivalent jobs and $2.1 billion in labor income between 2013 and 2014; 17,600 of the total were Alaska resident commercial fishermen, who took a total ex-vessel income of $735 million in 2014.

The report found a growth in seafood employment from 2010-14, with more resident fishermen, processors, and total earnings and harvest levels. In 2014, the state had 500 more seafood jobs than 2010, representing a $24 million payroll growth.

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Source: The Alaska Journal of Commerce

US Military to Build New Billion-Dollar Icebreaker in Arctic

The US Coast Guard and two US Senators have called for the construction of a new icebreaker ship to counter Russia in the Arctic.

Faced with a growing Russian military presence in the Arctic, U.S. leaders are calling for a new billion-dollar icebreaker ship.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, and Angus King, a Maine independent, and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft were among those calling for the advanced vessel at a recent event at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, CNN reports.

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Source: Politics: Arctic-Info

Knapp Clarifies State’s Fiscal Distress Like a Superhero In a Zipper Sweater

An economist in a zipper sweater doesn’t normally bring to mind a superhero, but these are not normal times.

With Alaska teetering on the brink of financial disaster like a school bus hanging off a bridge, Gunnar Knapp — director of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research — has emerged as the most trusted voice for clearly explaining the complex mess. Four months from retirement, he finds himself speaking every day, in such demand that he has never worked harder.

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Source: Alaska Dispatch News

CTE Presidential Scholars Candidates Announced

The Department of Education recently announced 236 candidates (54 from Alaska) for the inaugural class of Presidential Scholars in CTE. The high school seniors were nominated from across the country by state education leaders, and now have the opportunity to submit applications in the next phase of the award process.

Application information will be due in February, with finalists announced in early May and the first group of 20 CTE Scholars recognized in Washington, DC in June as part of the annual U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognition.

The paragraph below, from the Department of Education’s website, summarizes the program:

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

ACTE worked closely with Members of Congress and the Administration to promote the CTE Scholars program, and we are very excited to see the first class of candidates! It is an honor for students’ CTE accomplishments to be recognized as part of this prestigious national award.

Source: CTE Policy Watch

Workforce Wednesday: How to Become a Heavy Equipment Operator

From loaders and dozers to excavators and graders, Patrick Rose, the outreach coordinator with Northern Industrial Training (NIT) joined Daybreak to give insight on careers as a heavy machine operator.

According to Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC), pay starts anywhere from $18 to $24 an hour. Eventually, experienced operators can earn more than $100,000 a year. To break into the field, NIT offers classes tailored to these real-life Tonka trucks.

“We actually have a program that’s six weeks long, a little bit of classroom but mostly all hands-on time,” said Rose. “So that way you get experience using all the different types of equipment … If you like working with your hands, you want to be outside, there’s nothing better than that. You get to see a job start to finish.”

Watch the video to find out which businesses are hiring right now.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: How to become a heavy equipment operator | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11